Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability

Kia ora and welcome to our new home for literacy, numeracy (LLN) and cultural capability resources to support people working with adult learners.

ALNACC Professional Learning Courses

Our new Professional Learning and Development courses aim to  enhance the capability of those involved in foundation education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Each module consists of a four-week PLD course starting with a workshop, delivered face-to-face or by video conference.

This is followed by an online community of professional learning. Participants will have the opportunity to practise and reflect on the new learning and exchange experiences and ideas with each other and the facilitator.

Participants can collect evidence of participation and engagement in their PLD Portfolio or Kete.

They can receive a digital badge, or micro-credential, for participation in each of the three components and a ‘gold badge’ if all three badges are collected.

ALNACC PLD courses | Supporting adult literacy, numeracy and cultural capability

Download the ALNACC PLD Flyer (PDF, 194 KB, 2-pages)

A new model for foundation education in Aotearoa

Learners in foundation education need quality teaching. The best way to provide this is by ensuring practitioners are well supported in their professional learning and development.

As part of our work in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability (ALNACC) Ako Aotearoa has developed a coherent system to describe, build and enhance the capability of practitioners and organisations in foundation education.

We are very proud to present this package to you. It incorporates professional standards and the provision of professional learning and development that leads to professional recognition against these standards.

Key features of the new model are the integration of adult literacy and numeracy development with cultural capability, the facilitation of communities of professional learning, and sustained engagement in professional learning and development to enhance capability and provide tangible measures of quality for practitioners and organisations.

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ALNACC launch booklet cover 

Learner Profiles: 

 The 'Learner Profiles' provide a broad example of what adult learners can do at each step of the Learning Progressions. 

Reading collections: 

The Reading Collections are part of a suite of linked materials to support adult literacy learning. The materials include books for learners, audio versions of the books and learners’ guides. The learners’ guides include a number of activities to support the learner strengthen their reading skills as they read the articles within the Reading Collections.



The Learning Progressions booklets:     

progressions set

Contextualised resources:

Reaching resources previously available on Te Arapiki Ako:

Thanks to Haunt Digital, we are able to give you access to an archived version of the old National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults’ website, but note that some functionality has been disabled.

The Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool:

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) have migrated the Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool (LNAAT) plus all support resources to their own website.
Online support information will be accessible from the LNAAT main homepage.

Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool 

Embedding Cultural Capability:

A key part of the ALNACC work will be to embed cultural capability by building on the success of our previous work under He Taunga Waka, a literacy and numeracy professional learning programme that incorporated cultural capability. 

Māori Learner Success - Cultural Capability Resources

Pacific Learner Success - Cultural Capability Resources

Cultural Capability Pathways:

We are proud to launch our online Cultural Capability Pathway modules for anyone interested in improving Māori and Pacific learner success.

Download the flyers to find out how to access. 

Māori Cultural Capability Pathway Flyer (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Pacific Cultural Centredness Pathway Flyer (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Both pathways are available free online on

If you have any questions about this process or LLN / ALN resources, please email us at: